bass saxophone & composition
Clifton Hyde: baritone acoustic guitar & composition
Jesse Selengut: flugelhorn (and plastic bag)
Ari Folman-Cohen: bass (and shopping cart)
Kevin Garcia: percussion (including shekere, triangle, bongos)
On one ratchety song, they played their plastic bottles of water.
by Steve Koenig
These Gatos are something else, all right. There is an easy camaraderie, which
you can hear throughout this set. Most or all of the pieces are composed, with
sections for improvisation, but I don't know whether I was struck more by the
aural textures or by the totally ass-shaking grooves they summon. Guitarist
Clifton Hyde, after the set, said to me, "You can't go wrong with The Meters!"
Hyde was tonight's
announced performer at DMG and he brought four friends with him, together making
up the assemblage Gato Loco de Bajo. I first heard Hyde perform solo a few years
back at Downtown Music Gallery's regular free (free admission as well as free
improvisation) Sunday evening concert series. I recall thinking him part Derek
Bailey and part Eugene Chadbourne. I later saw him in a very different kind
of set at Roulette. Here again, totally different. The man has range.
They have one album
out so far, Coconiño, on their Gato Loco Musica label; they describe
it as a "single composition which incorporates salsa, mambo, son, and plenty
of NYC funk and grit."
You're sure to
be hearing about these guys more in these pages and elsewhere, but for now,
just a reminder to thank our musicians by attending their gigs and purchasing
Thanks to Bruce
Gallanter and the Downtown Music Gallery for giving a home every Sunday, for
over a decade, to musicians of all extremes of fame and to patrons with open
ears. Never once are you implored to make a purchase, which in turn, makes you
happy to shop there. Use their link below for easy internet shopping; their
search engine is a wiz and a whiz! Plug in Clifton Hyde, then Stefan Zeniuk.
© (p) 2009
Sound recording by Steven Koenig; all rights retained by the individual musicians.